Let’s be clear: Do we really need another ghostie place in Gettysburg, another paranormal paraphernalia shop and ANOTHER “real” ghost encounters show? I doubt it. It’s the same stuff over and over and over…
“Madam” Aretta Della is a self-described psychic witch and owner of Spooky Spirits, a paranormal gift store and investigation center in Gettysburg. The shop, now located at 777 Baltimore St., Store no. 112, will hold its grand reopening April 26.
The store sells holy water, herbs, white noise recorders called “spirit boxes,” crosses and T-shirts, among other items. It also hosts ghost tours and offers a range of psychic services, including readings, spell-castings and seances.
Madam Della hails from Salem and claims her psychic ability is inherited.
You know what I say to more of this hokey psychic stuff? Pffth.
There are over a dozen ghost tours/shops in Gettysburg as well as several psychic advisors. It’s important to note that this ghosts on the battlefield craze can be traced to relatively recent times as a result of local ghost story books and Ghost Hunter (and clones) TV show. By taking advantage of the creepy atmosphere, violent history, and sense of place in Gettysburg, there are many businesses selling nonsense paranormal kitsch. That’s sad.